An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves.
Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary | Sundance FF, USA, 2010
Panorama Audience Award for Best Film, Amnesty International Human Rights Film Award | Berlinale, Germany, 2010
Audience Award for Best Documentary | IDFA, Netherlands, 2010
Audience Award for Best Film | Full Frame Documentary FF, , 2010
Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary | Dallas IFF, USA, 2010
Best Documentary | Seattle IFF, USA, 2010
Itamaraty Award for Best Documentary | Såo Paulo IFF, Brazil, 2010
Best Documentary | International Documentary Association Awards, , 2010
CAST & CREW
Angus Aynsley, Hank Levine
Director of Photography
Ernesto Herrmann, Dudu Miranda, HeloísaPassos
Aloisio Compasso, José Moreau Louzeiro
Vik Muniz, Fabio Ghivelder, Sebastiao Carlos Dos Santos, Jose Carlos da Silva Bala Lopes, Suelem Pereira Dias
Almega Projects Angus Aynsley
Lucy Walker is a film director, mostly of theatrical feature documentaries. She is best known for Devil's Playground, Blindsight, Waste Land Countdown to Zero. Her two most recent movies both premiered at Sundance FF in 2010, which was the first time at this festival when two feature films of a documentary director were screened simultaneously.. Waste Land is the first film ever to win the Audience Awards at Sundance and Berlin, as well as more than 30 other festival prizes. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Walker was twice nominated for Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing. She was named one of the "Top 25 New Faces In Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine.
Devil's Playground (2002), Blindsight (2006), Waste Land (2010), Countdown to Zero (2010)
Joao Jardim’s first feature film, Windows of the Soul (2002), surprised everyone for its unusual theme: the sight. This documentary was awarded important prizes and became number 8 at that year’s Brazilian box-office, staying for 48 weeks on screens – a record for documentaries. In 2006, his documentary feature Happy Day/Pro Dia Nascar Feliz, about school and adolescence, received 10 awards, including Best Documentary at the Mostra de Sao Paulo and 3 important awards at Gramado FF. In 2008, Joչo co-directed the documentary Waste Land. On television, Joչo directed several series for Globo TV. The programs about Elis Regina and Nara Leչo were nominated for the 2007/2008 International Emmy Awards in the Best Art Program category.
Windows of the Soul (2002), Happy Day/Pro Dia Nascar Feliz (2006), Waste Land (2008)
Karen Harley has directed several short film documentaries on Brazilian artists including Ernesto Neto in We Fishing the Time, a biographical portrait of artist Leonilson titled With the Whole Ocean to Swim (Best Film in Rio FF) and Marcos Chaves Comfundo. As an editor, Karen has worked with a wide range of film directors, including Mika Kaurismaki, Claudio Assis, Marcelo Gomes, Cacո Iegues and Fոbio Barreto on Quatrilho, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film in 1995. In 2001, Karen worked with directors Joչo Jardim and Walter Carvalho on the award winning Windows of the Soul. In 2005, she edited Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures, by unknown director Marcelo Gomes, which premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes FF 2005. The film went on to win 30 awards, including Best Editing Award, for Karen, from the Brazilian Film Academy. Waste Land is Karen Harley’s first foray into directing full-length feature films.
Waste Land (2008)